Led Zepplin without Robert Plant

Zep without Plant

Page’s manager discusses possible tour and album
for Zep mark II
Legendary rock manager Peter Mensch has been
discussing his client Jimmy Page’s plans to reform
Led Zeppelin without Robert Plant.
According to Mensch, Jimmy Page, bassist John
Paul Jones and Jason Bonham – the son of original
Zep drummer John Bonham – look likely to tour,
and there’s even talk of recording an album. more…

Let me just say up front that if they do this and call themselves Led Zepplin its a huge mistake.  They’ll wish they hadn’t because in the long long run all it will do is cheapen the legacy that they built in the time when FM was still cool.  Am I saying that Paige and Jones and Bonham shouldn’t get together, find a singer, and play some new tunes, do some shows?  No, I’d probably pay to see that, I’m just saying don’t try to force the issue and don’t put some poser up there in Robert’s spot.  You can’t fake Zepplin man.

If he doesn’t want to play then I’m sure he has a good reason for it.  That reason might be a little gig he has had going with Alison Krauss, they have an album out called Raising Sand and have done some touring to back it up.  He may be thinking that they don’t have what it takes to be out on the road and live the rock n roll lifestyle anymore.  Maybe he doesn’t want to sell out to the Major Labels or Clearchannel.  That’s right I said it, you know that if this travesty does take place they’re behind it.  Just please don’t tell me that the next Led Zepplin will be released at Wal-Mart only. Oh yeah, I’ll run right down and pick that up, along with the Garth Brooks and AC/DC I have been meaning to get.  I swear to God I’ll puke.

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3 responses to “Led Zepplin without Robert Plant

  1. Zeppelin’s fans made them what they are, and I agree it would be near-sacrilege to ask fans to accept a lineup without Plant as “THE:” Zeppelin. Sure, bands change members all the time, but hopefully they’ll take a cue from the Dead and realize that without Plant, they’ll be at best a big-name nostalgia act, subject to all the Geritol jokes imaginable.

    Personally I’d like to see them bring in more people and go the supergroup route, if they have to muck with the lineup much (and overlooking that the drummer is different–well he’s at least genetically 1/2 Bonzo). Fans will consider it the next incarnation of Zep anyway, and we can all do without the pretense.

    Change is inevitable, and they need to be real(istic) about it. They can do this for money and make tons of it, but with some real work and imagination, they can earn our admiration all over again.

  2. Who gives a shit what they call themselves, lets let Jimmy play. Alicia Keys did a good job at the Olympics.

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